Reviews by Heather Stanton

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Sweet Ruin

Sweet Ruin is the sixteenth entry in the venerable Immortals After Dark series. In a market where many paranormal romance series go off the rails or lose steam between books three and five, the IAD series has grown and expanded without losing its focus on romance.Rune Darklight is part demon, pa ...

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Everything I Left Unsaid/The Truth About Him

The story begins with Annie, a young woman on the run from her abusive husband, moving into an RV at a trailer park, far away from her former home in Oklahoma. As she is beginning to settle in to her new home, the ring of a cellphone draws her attention. On impulse, she answers and begins talking wi ...

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The Game Plan

Last year, Kristen Callihan won the best New Adult Romance category in AAR's annual poll with The Hook Up. As good as The Hook Up was, The Game Plan takes it to the next level with The Wise One's story, ending the Game On trilogy on a high note. Fiona "Fi" Mackenzie has carried a torch for her br ...

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After You

Spoiler Warning! This review contains spoilers for the first book in the series.Me Before You was a 2013 phenomenon that left me gutted and in need of copious amounts of chocolate and tissues. Hence, I began the sequel After You with trepidation. I’m pleased to say that, while it doesn’t app ...

B+
A Taste of Heaven

What happens when a grumpy, arrogant Scottish chef meets a young widow on the set of a reality cooking show? Sparks fly on and off camera in this delightful romance.Sophia Brown tragically lost her beloved husband after many years of marriage and raising two daughters. She loves to cook, turning ...

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Perfect Touch

I’m a longtime fan of Elizabeth Lowell’s romantic suspense titles. The Donovan and St. Kilda series are among my favorites, combining suspense and romance with memorable characters. Unfortunately Perfect Touch did not work for me. Art dealer Sara Medina is known for conne ...

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Myth and Magic

I admit to being easily swayed by a pretty cover even as I know the truth of the old adage “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” Yet the gothic vibe of the cover of this book sucked me in. Fortunately, I was not disappointed. I found a unique romantic suspense inside. Stone Wi ...

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Just the Way You Are

I dove into this book hoping for a fun, frothy Brit Chick Lit along the lines of Sophie Kinsella. Unfortunately, while there were fun moments, I was largely disappointed in the romance. Six years ago, Ava Clements had a secret admirer who frequently wrote her love letters extolling ...

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The Companion Contract

I occasionally need a break from standard romance fare. I love small town romances and romantic suspense with cops chasing baddies. I love wagering dukes and possessive wolf shifters. But conventional romance hasn’t been doing it for me lately. So I picked up a book about a porn star who signs a c ...

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Behind the Mask

I anticipated the newest release in Carolyn Crane's The Associates series with both trepidation and glee. How could the new book possibly live up to the previous three books? I'm pleased to say it does and then some.We've been introduced to heroine Zelda, one of the mysterious leaders of the Ass ...